When can you have sex again after giving birth? What should you do when it’s painful during intercourse? Here’s what Dr Christopher Ng, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from GynaeMD Women’s & Rejuvenation Clinic, shares with Young Parents.
Wait at least six weeks after delivery to let the episiotomy wounds heal, although sex can be resumed earlier if you feel ready for it. Episiotomy is the “cut” down below during a vaginal delivery.
During penetration, the wound may split and bleed, so massage the area with creams containing vitamin E or sweet almond oil.
Gentleness and patience also help to reduce pain during intercourse. As with love-making even before you had a baby, sex can be painful if there isn’t enough vaginal lubrication due to a lack of arousal.
The pain can be resolved if you’re more relaxed, if the amount of foreplay is increased, or if you use a lubricant.
If you still experience painful intercourse three to six months after birth though, see your gynaecologist. You could require surgery to treat a poorly healed wound.
Painful intercourse can also be a sign of vaginal fungal infection, which needs to be treated.
It may be cold comfort to the new mums who find sex painful, but at least one study has found that the pain always went away by the baby’s first birthday.
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